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STP reaction: “These local plans are not about cuts, they’re about modernising services”

Reports about local Sustainability and Transformation Plans suggest a raft of NHS cuts are due to be announced shortly around the country. Here’s the key...

Reaction to the government’s “underwhelming” new Childhood Obesity Plan

Professor Parveen Kumar, BMA board of science chair, said: “Given the UK has the highest level of obesity in Western Europe with one in three children...

GMC should review verdict on former army doctor Dr Derek Keilloh

You may have read my previous blogs about Derek Keilloh – I mentioned him here, and there is a fuller account of his case here. Briefly, he was a young a...

Private practice looks attractive with the mounting challenges of the NHS

As a general surgeon who left the NHS for the big wide world in 2010 I thought it high time I popped back to see how things were going in the NHS. So I ...

“Government must introduce a comprehensive and bold childhood obesity strategy”

Recent research by consumer watchdog Which? has called on retailers to do more to tackle obesity. Analysing data on the number of promotions across majo...

Response to PAC report on delayed discharges in NHS

RCP President Professor Jane Dacre said: “The UK is facing an ageing population at a time when the NHS is already struggling to cope. Staff shortage i...

“New special measures regime will lead to brutal service cuts and bed closures”

NHS Improvement and NHS England have launched a new ‘special measures’ regime for NHS organisations in financial difficulties. Nigel Edwards, Chief ...

“Another stark warning about the financial crisis that is engulfing the NHS”

A new report by the Health Select Committee says that whilst spending on health is increasing, the service is under unprecedented strain and struggling to ...

Reaction to NELA report: “NHS must tackle inconsistency in emergency bowel surgery”

The National Emergency Laparotomy Audit (NELA) report has been published by the Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA). The audit analyses the care received...

Printable reaction to Jeremy Hunt’s re-appointment as Health Secretary

Chris Ham, Chief Executive of The King’s Fund “Jeremy Hunt faces some formidable challenges. He is on record as saying the NHS will need more money ...

Key reaction to the juniors’ rejection of the renegotiated contract

Prof Derek Bell, President of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, and Dr Katherine Walesby, Chair of its Trainees’ Committee “While it is ...